PORTAGE, Mich., Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Manatron, Inc., a global leader in providing integrated property tax and records management software for state and local governments, today announced that Snohomish County, Wash. is the first county in the state to offer Electronic Real Estate Excise Tax (eREET) processing. The county recently implemented Manatron's eREET software system across three offices: Assessor, Treasurer and Auditor/Recorder.
In Washington, before a property is bought or sold, excise tax must be collected. Although this "excise tax" is unique to Washington State, most states require a similar "transfer tax."
Washington's three largest counties – King, Snohomish and Pierce – already process about 20 percent of their non-excise recording documents electronically. However, the electronic processing of other conveyance documents (e.g. deeds and titles) wasn't possible until now because the counties didn't have the "cross-department" systems in place to accept the excise documents electronically.
Snohomish County's Auditor, Assessor and Treasurer, who all use Manatron software, asked the company to develop a new software application – essentially a "bridge" between the three county offices – to electronically process conveyance documents such as deeds, and in turn, the appropriate excise tax. Development took nearly a year, but Snohomish County now has the ability to electronically accept documents that contain excise tax, transmit and process the 'package' in the appropriate Treasurer/Assessor areas, and route it electronically to the Auditor/Recorder to complete the transaction. County officials expect the total number of electronic processing will increase from 20 percent to 50 percent during the next few years.
The benefits of electronic processing are numerous, for both the county and the customer. When the county is able to process more documentation electronically, it saves a significant amount of money on postage, paper, printing and handling, while reducing its environmental footprint. Reduced county budgets allow fewer staff to complete daily tasks in a more efficient and timely manner. For title companies, electronic processing allows them to save on document couriers in addition to paper handling. Moreover, for the homebuyer waiting for his or her keys, electronic processing is a more efficient means for processing paperwork, resulting in a faster turnaround for a complete sale and move-in date.
Speaking on behalf of the three county offices, county Treasurer Kirke Sievers stated: "We worked closely with Manatron to be the first county in the state to implement this system for eREET processing. It is an exciting step for us, and represents a new opportunity to create more efficiencies for the county and our constituents."
With Snohomish County's system in place, Manatron is working with many of its other Washington county customers to implement similar eREET processing systems.
About Manatron, Inc.: Manatron, a privately held company and an investment of private equity firm Thoma Bravo, LLC, provides software and services for state and local governments to completely, fairly and efficiently assess real and personal property, and to bill and collect the related property taxes in their jurisdictions. Manatron's software manages the entire property life cycle, which includes deed recording, land records, CAMA, GIS (Geographic Information System) integration, valuation, assessment administration, personal property, business licenses, cashiering, tax billing and collection, delinquents and tax sales and e-government. Professional services consist of backfile conversion and redaction, disaster preparedness, data conversions, installation, training, project management, hardware maintenance, forms processing and printing, and consulting. Manatron is headquartered in Portage, Michigan and has offices throughout the United States. Manatron currently serves over 1,500 customers and manages approximately 40 million parcels. Most importantly, over the last forty years, our software has helped government jurisdictions collect over one trillion dollars in revenue.
SOURCE Manatron, Inc.